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Comment: Re:Floating (Score 1) 765

by LesFerg (#49207445) Attached to: Ubuntu To Officially Switch To systemd Next Monday

If you are happy using Windows, my guess is you probably wouldn't have even noticed the change-over in Debian.
Did you even try it? Did you have some amazingly complicated problem that made your computer unusable? Did the sun stop rising in the morning?

Nothing is any different for me using Debian with systemd. If you don't have the need to tweak start/stop scripts or mess with default configurations then you most certainly won't have any issues. Isn't that the primary reason people used to praise Ubuntu? Installing and using it without having to edit text files, seems to be one of the good points people talked about.

The only serious complaint I have read by anti-systemd folks appears to be those responsible for setup and maintenance of complex servers or non-standard hardware combinations, where they rely on a lot of custom coded config files. The rest just seem to be parroting nonsense and hate without any proof that they have even experienced an actual bad problem from using it.

Comment: Re:Piracy. (Score 1) 207

by LesFerg (#49102817) Attached to: Wired On 3-D Printers As Fraud Enablers

3d printer filament costs $20/pound. That's more then junkyard price for any plastic interior part. Yes they will ship, but that will cost more.

Granting the junkyard part will be old and brittle. Almost as brittle as the 3d printed part.

My car is a 24 year old Fairlady. The majority of these have been wrecked and/or dismantled, and altho there are some replacement parts available from both the original manufacturer and 3rd-party aftermarket parts manufacturers (mostly on the other side of the world from me) the used parts supply in my country is a dwindling resource. The wreckers here know that and pump up their prices to somewhere just a little below the cost of getting the part shipped here.

The cost of printer filament is probably still a lot lower, and also the time and effort put into this is a labour of love, rather than an attempt to sell for profit.

Comment: Have you tried some live linux images? (Score 4, Insightful) 210

by LesFerg (#48729059) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

Are you able to boot from a USB stick? I found this tool quite useful for trying out a variety of live-linux iso's on a usb drive:

It provides some useful links to download what is needed to try out a whole bunch of different distros. You can also stack a number of different distros on the same usb drive and choose which one to boot from at startup.

Personally I have been using Debian for quite a few years now, gave ubuntu a brief try but wasn't too happy with it.
I have installed Mint on virtual recently and it really does look as good as people here have stated. Mint would be my final recommendation too.

Comment: Re:Is Yahoo! still a thing? (Score 1) 222

by LesFerg (#48632337) Attached to: Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

I would like to have a good Yahoo mail app on my android, but when I tried their app it had a lot more than just mail and I couldn't find any way to turn off all the crap I didn't want. I already know how to read news and search the web, why the fuck would I want my Yahoo email viewer bloated up with all that as well?
Uninstalled the app pretty quickly after trying it.

Comment: Re:Wasting money (Score 1) 117

by LesFerg (#48480839) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Says Legal Fight Has Left Him Broke

Perhaps he shouldn't have spent $3M trying to corrupt the government with his failed political party.
It all worked out in the end, the incumbent party he was trying to take down gathered even more votes that the previous election.

We don't all carry a NZ flag to wave around in a patriotic frenzy, and most of us can't remember more than the first 6 words of the national anthem, but dammit he shouldn't have attacked our Prime Minister, thats our job.

If the paperwork had been properly prepared and everybody had sought the appropriate legal advice in the first place, he woulda been pushed into a plane when they first stormed his rent-a-manor instead of being left to waste taxpayers money here in Auckland, not to mention the man hours wasted by our legal system etc. Personally I think he should just head over to the US to prove his innocence in their courts, then *if* he makes it back, he can re-assess how well NZers accept him as the people's hero, and not a moment before that.

Comment: Re:I never did get this... (Score 1) 66

by LesFerg (#48135043) Attached to: Hawking Radiation Mimicked In the Lab

Hawking radiation doesn't "Escape" a black hole. In empty space, there is a constant seething foam of particle-antiparticle pairs that get created all the time.

My understanding is that those particles in "empty" space are virtual particles, but the intense gravitational field at an event horizon coerces them into becoming real particles. The ones that escape were a product of the black hole's gravity energy, hence they have taken some of its energy away with them. This could even cause a black hole to shrink over time, apparently. Its been a while since I read any of this stuff tho.

Comment: Re:I have it on good authority (Score 2) 81

by LesFerg (#48134659) Attached to: Secretive X-37B Military Space Plane Could Land On Tuesday

Was that information you received from the dental implant containing the transceiver you were given following the anal probe procedure during the last "visit"?

You may joke, but getting a dental implant via anal probe is no laughing matter. Its also not a recommended method for flossing.

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side. - Han Solo